Final-year education student Eleanor Duffin gets some career advice from Chris Cook (left), principal HR consultant for the Department of Education and Training, and Greg Wilkes, a teaching school co-ordinator.
Final-year education student Eleanor Duffin gets some career advice from Chris Cook (left), principal HR consultant for the Department of Education and Training, and Greg Wilkes, a teaching school co-ordinator. Supplied

New testing for teacher graduates

ELEANOR Duffin is nearing the end of her degree but that won’t mean sitting her last ever exams as she will be one of the first to undergo a new rigorous graduated testing process.

Eleanor, who is a final year Bachelor of Learning Management (Primary) student at CQUniversity, will be among the many graduates of 2011 to go through the new Queensland College of Teachers process as she also falls into the group of graduates vying for early childhood or primary teaching positions required to undergo a test on literacy, numeracy and science content knowledge.

CQUniversity education students got the chance to learn all about the new process at the annual Education Forum, held at the university’s Rockhampton campus last week.

The forum gave graduating students the chance to hear from representatives from the teaching profession, regarding employment in 2012.

Representatives from Education Queensland, Catholic Education and the independent sector addressed students of the Bachelor of Learning Management and Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching programs on the new application process to become a teacher.

The Queensland College of Teachers conducted a workshop on the Queensland teacher registration process.

Past graduates also spoke about their experiences in their first year of teaching.



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